Functional medicine is root cause medicine and it has an autoimmune disease recovery protocol that can have outstanding results.
Everyone comes to autoimmune disease in different states of illness and for those who are in really difficult shape, recovery can take longer than our current culture seems to have the patience for. This 4 steps process has had a tremendously great outcome for many. You could be next.
The 4 Rs Of Functional Medicine
REMOVE – There are a myriad of irritants that negatively affect the GI tract and create inflammation. First and foremost is highly processed and inflammatory foods, along with drugs, caffeine, stress (yes, stress creates inflammation) and booze. A full list of foods that are allowed on the autoimmune protocol (AIP) diet can be found here. The big five (as I call them) that absolutely must go are gluten, soy, corn, dairy and processed junk food.
REPLACE – I’m hard pressed to call some of those item we generally remove “food,” but yeah, you need to replace the inflammatory foods you were eating with high quality clean (preferably organic) choices. They are to be consumed along with essential ingredients necessary to help break them down into absorbable nutrients. Digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid and bile acids help break foods down into fuel the body can use.
REINOCULATE – Our gut bacteria is desperate for help. Restoring all the beneficial bacteria to a healthy balance is critical to continued success throughout the entire GI tract. Probiotics, fermented foods and supplements can help the body through this process.
REPAIR – Yes, you can actually repair the gut. This task requires supplying nutrients where there were deficiencies in order for the body to weave together what it needs for healing metabolic reactions to take place. Many autoimmune patients are deficient in – Vitamins A, C, D & E, zinc. Also beneficial to repair is mineral rich bone broths, collagen and L-glutamine. Be sure to consult your own doctor before starting any supplement regimen.
You can mitigate your symptoms and change your outcome. You may not have to depend on on drug therapies that have more harmful long-term outcomes.
How do I know?
I did it and it’s likely you can, too.